Google: 60 percent forgetting requests honored

Google has received 145, 000 requests from Internet users to delete a total of half a million links from its European search index. Most privacy protection questions are focused on references to Facebook pages. Sixty percent of the forgetting questions got fiat. This is evident from a transparency report that the search engine just published

Google has received 145, 000 requests from Internet users to delete a total of half a million links from its European search index. Most privacy protection questions are focused on references to Facebook pages. Sixty percent of the forgetting questions got fiat.

This is evident from a transparency report that the search engine just published.

Most questions to remove links from the search index come from Germany, England, France, Italy and Spain. That should not be surprising, since those countries are among the largest in Europe in terms of population.

Although Google wants to be transparent with these figures about a process that has been imposed on them through a court ruling, the company is not clear about dealing with the requests received.

Removal requests must be about a specific person in combination with specific internet addresses. Practice shows that every request is asked to forget an average of three addresses. Who would approach Google via a non-European IP address could still find the forgotten web pages.